If you’ve ever found yourself wondering while you’re chowing down on your Chinese takeout order which of these dishes is the most popular in China, you won’t have to think too hard about it. The authentic Chinese food is much different than the Western versions that have been tweaked to broaden their appeal, and they just don’t eat any of these meals in China.
The Chinese diet in China largely consists of plant-based food with little meat. Chinese-American cuisine, though often delicious, is almost the opposite; sweet, fried, and meat-heavy. We rounded up the most well-known meals that would be pretty unfamiliar in China.